Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium found in the stomach, more specifically in the gastric mucosa. It is responsible for more than 80% of peptic ulcers, in other words the type of ulcer that affects the wall of the stomach.
This ulcer has, for a very long time, been considered a chronic disease due to causes such as the imbalance of the interior flora, stress and toxic substances such as alcohol, among others, until the fortuitous discovery of the bacterium by J. Robin Warren and Barry J. Marshall, which won them the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005.
Helicobacter pylori proliferates with ease and the damage it causes (ulcers, bleeding, etc.) can be amplified by taking certain medications such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or aspirin, pharmaceutical treatments against this bacterium are effective limited, risks of immunization against antibiotics and recurrence after some time are always present.
Natural approaches against Helicobacter pylori
However, there are natural and effective solutions, approved by gastrologists, to fight against this nasty bacteria:
- Eat foods that help to have a good intestinal flora: Specifically foods with lactic acid bacteria, found in dairy products such as yogurt, these bacteria help inhibit the effects of helicobater pyroli.
- Essential oils: Thyme essential oil, for example, is very rich in phenol, which is a molecule with very powerful anti-infective properties.
- Cranberry juice: Rich in oligo-proanthocyanidin, this molecule prevents bacteria from adhering to gastric cells, so they are naturally eliminated each time the stomach empties.
- Pistachia Lentiscus resin: Lentisk Pistachio is a Mediterranean tree whose resin has interesting therapeutic properties allowing the relief of symptoms until the healing of ulcers.
- Sulforaphanes: Such as broccoli or black radish, these foods are powerful bactericides, they also have a preventive action on stomach cancer, one of the potential consequences of helicobacter pyroli.
Other practical advice is essential such as: maintaining a gastric pH within the norms, reducing stress, avoiding tiring the stomach with foods that are too fatty such as fried foods or too harmful such as alcohol. But also favor fiber and foods rich in vitamin A.